Kohima, November 26: On the eve of the 15th Finance Commission’s visit to Nagaland, state’s Finance Secretary, Y Kikheto Sema appealed that the special status granted to Nagaland should be upheld alongside the special funding pattern for all round development.
The 3-day official visit of the Fifteenth Finance Commission to Nagaland is scheduled from November 27 to 29, said Kikheto while addressing a press conference in the Conference Hall of Finance Department at Secretariat on Monday evening.
The Commission’s Chairman, Nand Kishore Singh and eleven officials will be arriving Kohima by helicopter tomorrow, he said.
On the same evening, the Commission will have meetings with representatives of the Rural Local Bodies, that is VCMs and VDBs and with representatives of the Urban Local Bodies and Tribal Hohos at Hotel Vivor.
On the November 28, the Commission will have its meetings with the Chief Minister and the State Government Officials in the morning, with representatives of the Political Parties at in the afternoon and with representatives of Trade, Industries & Commerce in the Conference Hall of the Chief Secretary, Nagaland Civil Secretariat.
On the third day of their visit, the Commission will make a field visit to Touphema Tourist Village in the morning and will then proceed to Imphal by helicopters.
Maintaining that the State is ready to host the 15th Finance Commission with all logistic arrangements completed for their brief and stay, Kikheto expressed hope that the Commission will understand the problems faced by the State in all fronts.
He said that Nagaland government through the Finance Department has already submitted a memorandum to the commission and was hopeful of favourable response from the commission.
He said that besides presenting the fund requirement of the state for maintenance of existent infrastructure assets and requirement of funds for critical infrastructure, the memorandum also contains the details of disparity in development snd its impact on state’s economy during the last 56 years.
The memorandum has also highlighted that due to the change of funding pattern from 1989-90 onwards, the state faced problems even for release of the monthly pay and allowances of the state government employees.
In this, he said that Nagaland was created out of the political agreement and therefore the special category status should be seriously upheld to enable the state bring about development and progress. (Page News Service)